Deontay Wilder sends a game-changing tweet to Anthony Joshua & Eddie Hearn

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The boxing world is eagerly awaiting the name of Anthony Joshua's next opponent.

After his victory over Joseph Parker by unanimous decision, it seems almost certain that the Watford-born fighter will take on yet another high-profile opponent.

American brawler Deontay Wilder - the man seen as the second-best in the heavyweight division - is the bout everyone wants to see, with Joshua'a promoter Eddie Hearn coming out and saying he is trying to get a deal done.

In fact, Hearn revealed that he will begin negotiating the fight in New York on Friday, but says Joshua won't "sit still" waiting.

"Anthony has plenty of options but wants to be the undisputed champion of the world in just his 22nd fight," he said.

"We're already talking to other potentials because you can't sit still and just presume we're going to reach an agreement with Wilder.

"We're talking to Alexander Povetkin's team, we're talking to Jarrell Miller's team, we've got Dillian Whyte in our stable. All possible fights next.

"By the end of next week [May 6], if the Wilder fight isn't progressing, we need to look at other options because Anthony wants to box in August or September. That will come around very quickly.

Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker -  World Heavyweight Title Fight

"To make it clear: the next fight, we want it to be Wilder. If his team really want that fight, there's no reason we can't make some progress this week."

Well, it appears Wilder is aware of what is happening between the two parties and took to Twitter on Wednesday evening to send out a big post, one suggesting that he and his team are ready to do anything to get the deal done.


Check your emails, AJ.

Wilder also says that "the money is in the bag", suggesting that Wilder and his team have matched the $50m fee Joshua proposed, with the tweet including a video of the Brit making his offer.

The Mirror report that Wilder's team have offered Joshua 60% of that pot for a one-time bout in the United States later on in the year, with no rematch clause.

Joshua has been linked with other opponents in Dillian Whyte, Alexander Povetkin and Jarrell Miller, but if he really wants to test himself, he'll accept Wilder's offer and attempt to unify the division in just his 22nd professional fight.

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